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Do grasshoppers have wings?

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Most species of grasshoppers have two pairs of wings. One pair is narrow, and the other pair is wide. Certain species of grasshoppers, specifically the males of the species, attract females by rubbing their wings against their legs or vibrating their wings.

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When grasshoppers fly, they use their powerful legs as a type of catapult to give them an extra spring into the air. Grasshoppers also use their wings to avoid predators, flying away when danger is present. Some grasshoppers eat plants that are toxic and store the toxins in their bodies to protect them from other insects and animals.

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    How long do grasshoppers live?

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    The lifespan of a grasshopper depends on the climate where it resides. In climates where winter is cold, grasshoppers can only survive the winter as an egg. Adult grasshoppers do not survive low temperatures. In warmer climates, grasshoppers are capable of living for several years.

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    How do grasshoppers mate?

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    Grasshoppers mate by engaging in sexual reproduction. During this reproductive process, the male grasshopper inserts a spermatophore, or a packet of sperm, into the female grasshopper's vagina.

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    Do grasshoppers bite?

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    Grasshoppers are not known for biting though they may occasionally bite a predator as a defense mechanism. Although grasshoppers have very strong jaws for tearing vegetation, they prefer jumping away to avoid capture rather than confronting predators.

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    How do grasshoppers breathe?

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    Grasshoppers breathe through 10 pairs of tiny holes called spiracles, which are located in the thorax and abdomen. Air enters the grasshopper's body through the front spiracles and exits through the rear.

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